DC Mad Hatters’ Tea-Party (DC Mad Hatters for short) is a radical mental health group based in Washington, D.C. We are inspired by and allied with The Icarus Project, a radical mental health network and community founded in 2002. We are a new, non-hierarchical peer support group organizing for community-based alternatives to the mental health industry. We seek to help create a safer space in the community for people with various mental / emotional experiences, and different backgrounds and identities to come together and share stories, learn to give consensual peer support, share self-care techniques, and educate ourselves and each other without fear of being judged or coerced. We emphasize respect, self-determination, consent, self-empowerment, accountability, mutual aid, and Harm Reduction while recognizing the intersections of mental health ableism and other forms of oppression. We also support and seek to participate in activism (mental health-focused and otherwise), and encourage and participate in the creation of art as a group and individually, and explore the connections between social and political issues, mental health, and creative expression.
We welcome people of any and all mental and emotional experiences, ages, dis/ability statuses, neurotypes, socioeconomic statuses, racial and ethnic identities, body types, gender identities and gender expressions, sexual orientations, religious and spiritual beliefs, and political ideologies. We welcome folks regardless of the presence or absence of clinical mental health diagnoses or any treatment(s).